You can just follow your “List” or check out the “what’s new” or “what’s hot” tabs, or you can dig a little deeper into the Netflix archives to find some truly outstanding, under-the-radar films. Here’s a look at some of the best stuff to add to your queue the next time you don’t know what to watch.
The Duffer Brothers might allude to their Spielbergian influences and aims in Stranger Things, but Rim of the World director McG unabashedly and cheerfully made an ’80s-style kid adventure movie. Rim of the World mixes elements of E.T., The Goonies, and Red Dawn to create a similarly fun sci-fi action movie where teens save the day.
The simple, irresistible premise: four kids arrive at summer camp just in time for an invasion of the planet by wicked aliens. With the well-populated “Rim of the World” camp soon abandoned, it’s up to this ragtag group of teens who don’t quite fit in elsewhere to come together and thwart what amounts to the end of the world. They’ll have to do it all without adults, computers, or much of anything… except, of course, for bikes. Heaven of Horror says of this lightweight diversion:
After bringing so much attention and accolades to Netflix via his unforgettable performance as Sheriff Hopper on Stranger Things, it’s no surprise that David Harbour has free reign to do whatever he wants at the streaming giant. And what he wants to do is a meta, sci-fi and horror-laced mockumentary about his life, a collaboration with Arrested Development writer John Levenstein. The result is a short special that’s a bit hard to define.
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein is based around a mid-1970s made-for-TV production of the two-man theatrical version of Frankenstein. The twist is that Harbour plays his own “father,” also an actor named David Harbour, as the two generations play both Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation at the same time. To round out this tribute from the younger Harbour to the fictional older Harbour are clips of the actor from other vintage fictional productions like The Crying Detective and The Actor’s Trunk. The whole thing winds up both a love letter to the craft of acting and an affectionate send-up of the entire notion of playing pretend for a living.
Rim of the World | 0:17
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein | 1:20
It Comes at Night | 2:22
Furie | 3:31
Earthquake Bird | 4:20
Every Time I Die | 5:40
Girl on the Third Floor | 6:39
Jupiter Ascending | 7:32
Apostle | 8:52
Io | 10:10
Polar | 11:17
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